Program of I-SAIRAS 2001 to include exhibits, simulations and demonstrations World Experts will discuss and showcase the latest advances in Artificial

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2001

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, June 14, 2001 - Dr. Marc Garneau, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Space Agency and Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield are among the keynote speakers who will address i-SAIRAS 2001, the Sixth International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, which will be held June 18-22 at the Canadian Space Agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

Through plenary sessions, oral presentations, demonstrations, simulations and non-commercial exhibits, the world's foremost experts will bring each other up to date on the latest advances and research and will further the vision for the increasing use of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in space. i-SAIRAS 2001 is a forum for exposure to on-going research and development for near, medium and long-term technology developments for space projects.

Canada's New Frontier in Space Technologies

Canadian participation will feature an overview of Canadian activities in space automation and robotics, a review of the 20 years of Mission Success with Canadarm1, Advanced Space Robotics Simulations carried out at the CSA as well as a presentation on Canadian Robotics Architectures for Solar System Exploration.

i-SAIRAS 2001 is building on discussions and ideas developed in five previous symposiums held in Noordwijk, The Netherlands (1999), Tokyo, Japan (1997), Pasadena, USA (1994), Toulouse, France (1992) and Kobe, Japan (1990).

The symposium is organized by the Canadian Space Agency in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASL, Italy), the French National Space Agency (CNES, France), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR, Germany), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS, Japan), the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL, Japan), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA, USA), the National Space Development Agency, (NASDA, Japan). Key sponsors are MD Robotics and EMS Technologies.

i-SAIRAS 2001 Program Highlights

June 18

2 :00 p.m. Opening Address, Dr. Marc Garneau, Executive VP, Canadian Space Agency, A Vision for Automation and Robotics in Space

5:00 p.m. Mobile Servicing System on ISS, Rover Nanokhod, Automated Analysis

June 19

9 :00 a.m. Keynote Address, Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, The Mission to Install Canadarm2

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Robotic Overview, Planetary Exploration

June 20

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Planetary Sample Acquisition, Constellation of Robots

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Robotics Demonstration

June 21

10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Vision Sensing and Calibration

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closing Session

June 22

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Workshop on Contact Dynamics, Canadian Space Agency

For more information, contact:
André Leclair
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370

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